Considering Bella Sera? See What Real Life Bride Rebecca Had to Say!

Interested in booking a wedding with the Bella Sera, but not sure what the experience will be like?  We’ve got you covered.  In today’s blog post, we’ve looped back with one of our favorite 2016 brides to get her take on planning a wedding with the Bella Sera.  She goes into every little detail you might be considering and lays out exactly how she planned the perfect night for her guests!  This interview will help you decide what important “wow” factors you should consider, and which you could leave off your list to make your budget stretch!

Meet Rebecca, a 2016 Bella Bride.  Her and her husband, Andrew, found the Bella Sera in the Wedding Sites and Services publication.  After reviewing our website, viewing our venue, and comparing us against Denver’s other wedding venue options… they were sold on the Bella Sera.  “The competition didn’t even come close,” Rebecca shares with us.  “While other venues have beautiful building and would have been great for photos, the amenities and care we experienced at the Bella Sera were miles ahead of the experiences we had at the other venues – and that was just while touring!”  Here’s a full look at our interview with this beaming bride:

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Bella Sera: When was your wedding at the Bella Sera and how many guests did you have?

Rebecca: Andrew and I had our wedding on February 26th, 2016!  Since we are originally from Dallas, we had a small “destination wedding” – I believe the final guest count was just over 100!  Our guests loved having the opportunity to come up for our wedding, then head to the mountains for a weekend of skiing and enjoying the snow.

Bella Sera: Why did you choose a Winter Wedding?

Rebecca:  We loved the idea of doing something a little different.  We also knew we were asking our guests to travel to our wedding. Choosing to do it outside of peak wedding season meant that more guests would be available to come – plus they could get away for the weekend and hit the mountains after!  It was a win-win for everyone.  Andrew also really wanted a “Black Tie” themed wedding, so wearing a tux in the middle of winter made it way more comfortable for our guests!  I wouldn’t change either of those decisions for the world…  We had the best wedding and everyone getting dressed up made it that much more fun for our family and friends!

 

Bella Sera:  Which Bella Sera wedding package did you choose?

Rebecca: We had a Bellissimo wedding.  The decoration upgrades were exactly what we were looking for.  Originally, I had considered pricing for planning our wedding at another venue and the table décor alone was going to KILL our budget.  Have you looked at the cost of charger plates?  It seemed silly for us to buy them! That’s why, when we found the Bella Sera, we knew it was exactly where we had to have our wedding.  The savings from having everything offered from one place was monumental!  Oh- and let me tell you… the decorations were not cheap looking – THEY WERE GORGEOUS!

 

Bella Sera: Tell us a little bit about you and Andrew…

Rebecca: Okay!  Andrew and I met in college, a little over 5 years ago.  We were 26 when we got engaged and started searching for wedding venues.  Both having full time jobs in Cooperate American, the idea of planning a wedding was really stressful for us.  We love to dance, spend time with friends, and live for good food/wine!  We recently purchased a home in the Denver area and love heading up to the mountains for a weekend of skiing.

 

Bella Sera: Who paid for your wedding?

Rebecca: I’m sure you see this more and more, but Andrew and I paid for our own wedding.  Our families helped with small donations (and Andrew’s father and step-mother picked up the rehearsal dinner bill), but for the most part, it was just us.  I was so grateful for this experience – because it made us carefully consider every purchase and appreciate how far our dollar could stretch with the Bella Sera.  Their packages were so affordable and we were able to have an amazing wedding with lots of “WOW” factors, without breaking the bank.

Bella Sera: The Bella Sera event planning process is different from most venues; how would you say the experience was?

Rebecca: I had heard nightmare stories from girlfriends who had planned weddings before me… all the tiny details, late nights decorating center pieces, forgetting something at the house the day of the wedding…  So, needless to say, I was a little nervous to be doing it myself.  I was so relieved after walking through our tour at the Bella Sera to learn our wedding could be planned in just 3 meetings with their professionally trained staff.  I never once stressed about a decision, whether set up/clean up would be on me, or felt like “they didn’t get me.”  The planning process was one of my favorite steps, especially the décor design session!  The decorations turned out BEAUTIFULLY and the room was exactly what I had pictured in my mind… and I didn’t have to set up or clean up.  Geez, I feel bad for other brides sometimes!

 

Bella Sera: Did you have a happy hour/open bar?

Rebecca: We did!  We had smoking cocktails during the “Happy Hour”, while we were taking pictures.  They were worth EVERY PENNY.  Our guests loved them and I still hear about them today!  We also chose the open bar beer/wine/wells package.  Again, the prices at the Bella Sera are so reasonable we couldn’t have possibly offered comparable selections anywhere else for that price.  I would 100% recommend the Bella Sera for their party beverage packages any day!

Bella Sera: Who was there the day of your wedding, while you were getting ready?

Rebecca: I chose to keep that group small and intimate.  My mother was there, of course, and my bridesmaids.  Andrew was the same way – he just wanted his groomsmen there!  It was such a special time for each of us and we had a blast chatting and enjoying the company before the big event.  The Bella Sera served the girls mimosas, and the guys an awesome “Beer Tower” filled with Andrew’s favorite beer.

 

Bella Sera: What was your favorite part of your wedding?

Rebecca: That’s a hard one!  Really, I loved each and every segment of our day.  Getting ready with the girls was special.  Nothing can compare to the moment I walked down the grand staircase and met eyes with Andrew for the first time.  Seeing our reception romantically lit was magical.  And dancing the night away to our live band was a blast!  It was perfect in every way.

 

Bella Sera: What was your guests favorite part of your wedding day?

Rebecca: Guests loved the smoking cocktails, the layout of the reception (it was easy to get everyone dancing!), the delicious food, and the décor.  I heard several times throughout the night that it was the best wedding they’d been to yet.  I can’t tell you how much that means as a bride… you want it to be the best, most fun night your guests have ever had and the Bella Sera made that possible for us.

Bella Sera: What is one thing you wish you would have done that you left out?

Rebecca: I wish we would have rented the photo booth.  I have so many great pictures from our receptions, but making a book of our guests from start to finish would have been an awesome keepsake!

 

Bella Sera: Which of our vendors did you use?

Rebecca: We basically used only Bella Sera vendors.  The only vendor we chose to seek externally was our live band.  Andrew and I really wanted prohibition era live band for the dinner music, and my cousin preformed the vocal for our first dance, so that was a must for us to find the perfect ensemble.  Other than that, we used Bella Sera vendors for our cake, photography, transportation (HIGHLY RECOMMEND THEM!), florist, and more!  It was such a breeze making decision and they handled all the planning.

 

Bella Sera: And last, but not least, would you recommend us to others?

Rebecca: ABSOLUTELY.  I would tell anyone looking go somewhere else they were crazy.  The Bella Sera is so much more than a venue… They care about their couples, put their everything into making sure your day is perfect, are more than affordable, and are just simply amazing.  A wed

ding anywhere else will be stressful and is uncharted territory for a novice event planner.  Go with the experts – you won’t regret it!

7 Unique and Creative Ways to Incorporate Your Siblings in Your Wedding

 

Congratulations on your recent engagement!!   You must be so excited!  Between finding the perfect venue and choosing flowers for the bridal party bouquets, the amount of decisions that need to be made can be overwhelming.  We completely understand… To make things harder, everyone you’ve ever known probably feels connected to your wedding, in some way or another.  The last thing you want to do as a couple is hurt someone’s feelings!  To help make sure everyone feels involved, we recommend giving those special people a role in the wedding… While we can’t tell you how long to make that Mother-Son dance, we can offer advice as to how to incorporate your siblings in your wedding in a practical and creative way!

7 Unique and Creative Ways to Incorporate Your Siblings in Your Wedding:

1. Flower Girl/Ring Bearer

we know this might seem like an obvious solution… but we wanted to put all of the power in the couple’s hands. There is no rule that says a couple can only have 1 Flower Girl and 1 Ring Bearer – if you have multiple siblings, invite them all be a part of the entourage of adorable support!

2. The Officiant

If you have a sibling you are especially close with, consider asking them to legally bind the most important decision of your life!  Just make sure they are old enough to become a licensed officiant!  Not only would it save you a few dollars on the officiant fee, but it would bring the family closer together than ever before!

3. Master of Mimosas!

Have a sister in need of a special role? Ask her to be in charge of keeping the environment fun and lighthearted while everyone is getting ready!  She’ll love the job and you can sit back and relax before your grand entrance.

4. Groomsmen/Bridesmaid

Again, we understand this might feel like a standard role… However, many couples are afraid of hurting their siblings’ feelings if they aren’t “all” in the wedding party or aren’t the Best Man/Maid of Honor. We are here to say… choosing your best friend over your sibling is not going to permanently damage your relationship.  They love you and completely understand that this day is yours – they are just happy to have any role given!

5. Shoe Game Commentator

If your wedding party is full of best friends and you were limited by size… Don’t be afraid to ask your siblings to play a more unique role that is just as fun! They will love that they still have a special place in your day and will completely understand your situation.  First of all, if you’ve never heard of the Shoe Game, you should Google it.  But the point of this option is to ask that special sibling to be the Master of Games for your reception.  Let them talk to the audience, ask you and your spouse the questions, and let them put their spin on the game.  It will be a once in a lifetime opportunity to make memories you will cherish forever!

6. The Pipes!

Yes, you read correctly. We love when our couples ask a sibling to sing their first dance.  It’s a beautiful and unique opportunity to get the wedding receptions guests invested in the event… not to mention everyone is always amazed at their talent!  It’s a win-win for everyone.

7. Scripture/Inspirational Quote Reader

If you are looking for a traditional religious ceremony having a sibling come to the front and read a scripture can be a perfect way to incorporate them in a wedding day role! Even a modern agnostic ceremony can use this suggestion and have the reader recite a meaningful quote or saying.  Just make sure you send them the entry in advance, so they can rehearse the part and understand where you want inflection, versus “tender moments”.

Involving you siblings in your big day will go a long way in that lifelong relationship.  They are there to witness the addition of a new family member and want to support you every step of the way.  Keep in mind that they love you and have known you their entire lives.  You getting married means big changes for everything they’ve ever known!

Congratulations, again.  You’re now ready to move on to dinner entrée choices.  Happy Tasting!

DOs and DON’Ts of Wedding Budget Etiquette

Congrats on your engagement! Now that you are planning a wedding, you may be nervous and confused about where to begin, in regards to the wedding budget… or maybe you have an idea in mind for a dollar value, but are a little embarrassed to ask the question: “Who pays for what?” If you find yourself in either of these camps, this article on Wedding Budget Etiquette is for you!  Are you ready to learn the DOs and DON’Ts?

The average cost of a wedding today is nearly $27,000, according to costofwedding.com. While there are traditions that some people adhere to, most modern couples choose to break down the budget their own way. This process of analyzing each aspect allows couples the opportunity to get the most out of their big day!  

So how do you choose what you’ll include and what you won’t?  The answer is: whatever works best for you and your family is what you should do. There are many different ways to split costs of a wedding, but part of the stress comes along with how to approach it with family who are helping pay. Most couples meet with both families to discuss the way costs will be handled. The first step is making sure you are communicating, but how exactly do you approach wedding cost etiquette? Let’s break down the different types of couples to decide:

The DOs of Wedding Budgeting

You’re Traditional

When you sit down with your family and your future spouse’s family, you should discuss if you want to follow the ‘traditional’ method for paying for weddings. Keep in mind that there is no official guide to paying for weddings, so your ideas of what tradition is may differ. It would be wise to come into the conversation with an idea to present to your family and about who you had in mind to pay for what.  Preparation would provide a springboard for further discussion and will help open a healthy line of communication around the event! However, please do not make assumptions of who will pay for what, because that can lead to awkward and difficult conversations.  Instead, in your presentation, suggest things like “we are prepared to tailor our budget around our capabilities and the budget we set for certain things”.

What the Bride and Her Family Pay

According to theknot.com, the bride and her family pay for the church, bride’s attire, ceremony, and the grooms ring. In addition, they also pay for photography, reception food and decorations, floral arrangements, invitations and other stationery, and wedding transportation.

What the Groom and His Family Pay

The Groom and his family pay for the marriage license, officiant fee, rehearsal dinner, DJ/band and liquor, plus the bride’s rings — of course!   

This is a basic division, and note that the costs may not be 50/50 this way, depending on who you decide to use for vendors.

You’re Non-Traditional

People are getting married much later in their lives, as opposed to fifty years ago when the average age of males and females getting married was about 22, according to infoplease.org.  With the average age of brides and grooms on the rise, a more non-traditioal way of paying is being seen across the industry.

Getting married later in life means that couples may have the financial stability to pay for their own weddings, instead of their parents having to contribute. Fortunately, if you find yourself in this camp, you will have more flexibility in how you split the costs between the both of you this way, since fewer people will be involved in the decision-making.

If you’d like to be more independent but need some support from parents, The Spruce suggests that the bride and groom meet to decide what’s important and what they can afford to pay for, and then go to the parents with a proposal of the parents’ contribution. The parents can then decide whether or not they agree. This is a great option “if you don’t want families weighing in on every decision you make. Going to them with a game plan and asking them what they would like to contribute towards is a great way to ensure your decisions aren’t influenced by the ones holding the purse strings.”

Some Don’ts of Budget Etiquette

While the current generation of brides and grooms are opting for more modern traditions, there are some timeless don’ts when it comes to budget division.

  1. Never ask guests to contribute to your wedding costs, or complain to them about the costs. If you can’t afford to provide the wedding celebration for your guests, put off the party until you can afford it and have a small reception after the ceremony.
  2. Never assume that certain people will pay for specific things, especially if you’re planning to choose high-end choices for that particular detail
  3. Lastly, do not let wedding costs affect your relationships! At the end of the day, you get to be married and celebrate with your friends and family and that is all that matters. Wedding planning is stressful, but keep the priorities in perspective and have fun!

Mexican-American Wedding Traditions

 

Planning a Mexican-American Wedding?  Wanting to know what to expect as a guest?  This guide will help you navigate all your needs!  Mexican culture weaves a beautiful depth to the fabric of America, and their celebrations are no exception. The traditions that are common in Mexican-American Weddings bring together some of the best things in life — including music, family, delicious food, drinks, and dancing. 

The Music

Music is important to any celebration!  While DJs and bands are traditional at American weddings, Mariachi bands are often present at Mexican-American weddings and they bring tradition and music to life. Not only are they traditionally symbolic, they are so lively and are sure to get everyone moving! Usually consisting of guitars, trumpets, violins, and an accordion, Mariachi music originated in Mexico hundreds of years ago.  With such a unique history, the music has various textures and styles. Each Mariachi band has its own style and energy, which makes them incredibly entertaining and unique!

Family and Tradition

Family is first, and not definitely not excluded, in Mexican-American weddings! Of the many unique traits of the event, the first is the guest list.  It will be large, filled with family and friends, and certainly warm. Cousins of cousins are sure to be invited — and even be part of the bridal party! Because the whole family will be there, don’t expect things to end early. Most weddings start later in the evening and end in the early hours of the morning. Needless to say, Mexican-American weddings make for an enjoyable party for all guests to enjoy!

Not only is family a huge portion of the event, but also traditional events!  The first of the traditions begins with the money dance, where guests pay (and sometimes pin bills to the Bride’s dress) to dance with the bride. This money is normally used for the honeymoon, or used to purchase furniture for the couple’s new home.  Cotillón is also a tradition at Mexican-American weddings.  Cotillon, another Mexican-American wedding tradition, is actually a photo booth with props like glow sticks, costumes, or funny hats for guests to dress up with and take pictures. Additionally, Mexican-American weddings also highlight more traditional American wedding traditions like father-daughter dances and the first dance. With all the visiting and celebrating, along with the traditional events that happen, the party will be one to remember!   

The Food and Drink

Great weddings always have great food and delicious drinks!  Needless to say, a Mexican-American wedding is certainly no exception. While the food served is traditional, the delicious meal involves chicken, pork, rice and beans, mole, green chili, tacos, enchiladas, and other cultural favorites!  Beer and tequila also play a vital role in the drink selection available. Interested in a cultural snack to curb that sweet tooth? Churros and cake (which is sometimes traditional rum-soaked fruitcake) are the sweet highlight of Mexican-American weddings. If you are looking for some delicious Mexican food options for your big day, the Bella Sera can help, offering full service in house catering (including the menu options listed above)!  

Latino weddings encompass all of the elements of what makes life great — bringing together family, good food, and celebrating it all. That’s what weddings are all about!

Interested in booking a Bella Sera Mexican-American wedding?  Contact us today to book your free tour!  We know that family, friends, and fun are what make your event special.  That’s why we offer bilingual wedding planners, photographers, and so much more.  We can’t wait to hear from you!

How to Get the Most From Your Wedding Budget

Budgeting for a wedding can be stressful, and if your budget is on the conservative side, you may be wondering how to get the most out of it. Luckily, with a little creativity and practicality, you can have your dream wedding without overspending.  Here’s a few quick tips on how to get the most from your wedding budget!

Decide What Matters for Your Budget

When budgeting for your wedding, and particularly for the reception, we advise making tiered lists.  Tier 1 should be the “absolutely must have” list.  Tier 2 would be the “would love to have it if the budget allows” list.  And Tier 3 should be the “we can live without it” list!  To start make a list of what the bride and groom want most, then move on to what any other VIPs (like parents) might desire.

For Tier 1, Make a list right away of the non-negotiables, then for Tier 2 a list of the wants but not needs. This communication will help both sides of the aisle cooperate and hear what’s important to each person and most importantly the bride and groom. Remember, it is your day as the bride and groom, and although parents and family are important, negotiation is sometimes needed to make smart decisions. A collaborative document, like Google Docs or Google Sheets, could help everyone contribute if you can’t meet face-to-face. You can make changes to it as well in real-time, which helps if parents/family are long-distance. However you decide to collaborate, doing so will make budgeting more smooth for everyone. Lastly, make a join decision on the items that just aren’t possible and label those “Tier 3”!

How to Negotiate

Negotiation is the key to stretching any wedding budget! Maybe the bride really wants centerpieces, but does not care much if the flowers are real.  If that’s the case, then technically no one should spend money on real flower centerpieces! This could save a couple thousand dollars on something guests may not care about and allow room in the budget for other Tier 1 needs.

Don’t really want a cake? Maximize your dollar with pies from a bakery that are pre-cut, and you save some money on cake-cutting costs. Keep in mind, this savings idea will depend on the caterer or reception venue, so make sure that is part of your conversation when making planning decisions. Keep in mind, making money saving decisions will open up areas of the budget that will allow Tier 2 items to make their way to Tier 1… So get ready Mr. Groom (who really wants a certain DJ who is more expensive than others)! It looks like forgoing real centerpiece flowers or a custom cake will make room for the DJ who will make your event a party!  If the necessary and unnecessary pieces of a reception are discussed, then the decision-making falls into place more easily.

It Will Still Be a Good Time

Just because the bride and groom are on a budget doesn’t mean the wedding cannot be meaningful and enjoyable for everyone. When planning the evening, plan for time slots that need a “wow” factor. This is where you want your non-negotiables to be. Maximize your time with the important parts of the reception like a slideshow, any traditional dances the bride/groom and parents desire, or toasts. Capitalize on any talents or interests you and the bridal party have that could be memorable and entertaining for guests! Choreographed dances, musical performances from members of the bridal party, etc. are very fun and will also make for great photographs when you’re reminiscing. Because you are able to focus on the important parts of the wedding to you, your guests will appreciate how personal it is—just because a wedding is extravagant doesn’t mean guests will enjoy it.

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Prioritizing your resources and time lends to staying within your budget and getting the wedding of your dreams. If you plan out the evening well, it won’t feel sparse and you will have a memorable time with friends and family who are there for all the right reasons—to celebrate you and your new spouse.  

 

Want more budget ideas?  Check out more here:

65 Ways to Stretch Your Wedding Budget without Giving Up the Luxury

Add a Personal Touch to Your Wedding with a Slideshow


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Planning on your reception being memorable and special? Of course you are!  But, the details and planning of how the guests will experience it brings up many questions and is vital to the overall success of the day. If they arrive before cocktail hour, what will they do?  What will they do during the down time before the arrival of the wedding party? How can you share memories of yourselves with new family members? A slideshow can be your solution to entertaining and connecting family members and friends with you and your spouse through funny and meaningful photos of you two throughout your lives.

What You’ll Need

When you are searching for wedding venues, ask the venue if they have a projector and screen you can use for a slideshow. Most do have a projector that either comes with the venue rental or requires a rental fee. However, knowing if there are extra costs will help you plan out when and where the show will be displayed. This will also help you figure out what other materials (extension cords, table, screen, etc.) you will need. You will also need a laptop to run the slideshow, so make sure you have access to one and definitely make sure you have the right adapter—no one wants to be running to the nearest Best Buy at the last minute to buy an adapter!   

Once you have the projector, computer, and screen ready to go, it’s now time for the fun part—getting together all of those photos of you and your future spouse! You can put this task on a few people since going through pictures may require legwork, but your family and friends will be happy to help you. You could set up an evening with some family members and family members-to-be and have a picture party. Grab some pizza and wine and you have an instant bonding sesh! Involving family and friends in this process will give them the opportunity to contribute!  PLUS – it will be a good conversation starter at the wedding when they see the photos that they picked up on the screen.

What Kind of Photos

As far as what photos to choose for the slideshow, side-by-side baby photos, school/graduation photos, prom photos, etc. are a fun way to show you two growing up and changing. You can also use candid photos, awkward pre-teen photos, family photos, engagement photos, photos of you and people in the bridal party, and basically anything that would connect to family members and friends. Bonus points if you include photos of you and people who will attend your wedding!

How will you arrange your slideshow? You can use iMovie to arrange the photos and layer music in the background, and be sure not to use funky transitions that could be overwhelming! Choose a couple songs to play in the background—make sure the songs aren’t too slow or too fast, because that could be distracting as well. Aim for 5-7 minutes (which won’t be too short or so long that it starts to drag.

How to Get It Right

On the technical side, don’t forget to make a backup file in case one gets damaged. Store these on a flash drive or a cloud storage system like Dropbox, Google Drive, or iCloud. Test-drive the slideshow while you’re setting up the day before if you have access to the projector then. Designate someone to run the slideshow—often DJs take this responsibility because they will be playing the music/making announcements at that time. Do not put the responsibility on anyone in the wedding party or yourself—you won’t have time!

After you have done the legwork in getting the slideshow put together, then you can rest easy knowing that your reception will have one personal touch. Guests will love to see photos old and new on your wedding day.  After all, the day is about connecting with new family and friends and old.  Slideshows are also a great way to start that union with bonding over memories! You and your guests will remember it for years to come.

 

Looking for other fun ideas?  Check out our post on fog screens!

Rose Gold: A Timeless Wedding Color

Rose Gold is Timeless!

 

Choosing a wedding color or pair of colors can sometimes feel inauthentic or difficult… This gets worse when the wedding industry seems to drive brides to ‘pick’ a color or two. When thinking of the vision of wedding, it is best to think about the mood and vision as a whole. After you have a vision for the event’s “mood”, then decide which color to accent to keep a consistent look throughout your wedding experience… from save-the-dates to the thank-yous! If your vision is classically modern, soft, elegant, but feminine, Rose Gold could be a color you decide to use in all aspects of the look of your wedding. While it has been in the spotlight in the fashion and home décor world lately, rose gold has staying power in weddings—and for good reason.

 

Rose Gold For the Wedding Party

 

When deciding on the look of the wedding party, rose gold is a strong contestant when it comes to pleasing everyone without compromise. Classic and feminine (but never outdated), it pairs well with the soft or bold hues of bridesmaid attire. Soft rose bridesmaid dresses are more straightforward. PLUS – you always have the option to accent a darker hued dress with rose gold jewelry. For the bride, rose gold jewelry is stunning, no matter if the gown is white or ivory. Thinking about using rose gold in your bouquet?  Accenting ivory and pink florals with rose gold jewels can add an element of sparkle without being gaudy. Because it is not trendy, it’s a great color choice for you party to guarantee wedding photographs are beautiful and relevant for years to come.

 

Achieve Cohesiveness No Matter the Season

 

 Other colors that can be paired with this elegant color are navy, marsala, gold, mint, or white, as either an accent or major tone – regardless of role, they tie together what your guests see from save-the-date to final cocktails of the night. Rose gold is versatile for each season and time of day!  Adjusting the complimentary color of the wedding allows you to set the tone for a day or evening event.  Another noteworthy adjustment: it can be paired with darker jewel tones like marsala for fall or winter and lighter hued accessories for spring or summer.

 

Versatility in Décor

 

Looking to tie rose gold into your décor seamlessly?  This beautiful color is absolutely one of the most versatile colors for pairing!  It can be tied into florals with ivory or light pink roses.  Don’t forget to add in rose-colored crystals to the bouquet for more sparkle. Depression-glass drink ware and gold chargers can complement each other to create an elegant and vintage setting. Another option we love, rose-colored tablecloths create a bold statement alongside the details in the background like as crystal lighting.

 

Thinking about rose gold for your event?  Just remember, no matter how you decide to use it— bold or subtle— this beautiful hue is versatile enough to fit any style.

 

Photography: Mark Alison

13 Unique Wedding Cake Ideas Tailored to Your Wedding Month

One of the biggest things our clients tell us is that they want a unique and beautiful wedding cake.  They have spent hours planning their perfect day, organizing guests lists, and ordering invites – The last step?  Designing their wedding cake!  Brides want the wedding cake to fit their theme, but also fit the season of their wedding month!

To help you in your designing process, we’ve laid out 13 (because a baker’s dozen!) unique wedding cakes that tie perfectly to your wedding month!

A Wedding Cake for Every Month:

January – New Year’s Resolution Cake!

Wedding Cake

Beautiful Bella Sera Wedding Cake

We love this cake’s fun, flirty look!  The new year symbolized a time of rejuvenation and a chance at a better year than the previous one.  This cake sums up JANUARY just perfectly.  The blue and purple icing tie perfectly to a winter wedding them, and the gold bow is perfect for “your golden year”.

February – The month of Love Cake!

February is the month of love!  It’s also a perfectly positioned month to get married, as everyone has settled down from the holidays and the cold winter months are almost over.  Weddings are an amazing opportunity for your loved ones to reflect on their own relationship and secretly renew their own vows during your ceremony.  A classy black-tie wedding (and wedding cake) are just the ticket for a guaranteed night of fun!

Check out our recent wedding post detailing Why Guests LOVE February Weddings!

March – The month of Fresh Flowers

March is a gorgeous month fresh flower weddings!  With spring quickly approaching, your guests are excited at the new season of growth ahead.  We love this amazing orange, floral cake for a beautiful March wedding!  The flowers are lightly placed, ensuring people don’t get confused with a summer wedding, and the bright color is just a teaser for the season ahead.

April – Little White Dress Wedding Cake

April is often recognized as a “clean” month!  Spring cleaning has begun and guests are enjoying the afternoon showers that bring a sweet smell after they pass.  We love this little white cake, complete with a champagne rose top.  It’s light and airy, just like the beautiful spring wedding your guests are eagerly awaiting!

May – A little Love Goes a Long Way

We are obsessed with this feminine and playful cake designed for a May wedding!  The light color palette and gorgeous shape make this cake every May Bride’s dream cake.  You guests will “ooh” and “ahh” over this stunning addition to your reception.

June – Ombre, Like Your Favorite Summer Dress

We chose this ombre wedding cake as “June” because of its likeness to a beautiful summer day. The bright blue chosen for this particular cake is a perfect match for summer oranges, pinks, and purples.  The ombre design is unique and can be dressed up with glitter, or down with ribbon and pearls.

July – Summer Chic

This wedding cake is just breathtaking.  It’s elegant, fabulous, and would go perfectly with a summer strapless wedding dress.  The tiny details on the cake take the classiness to the next level and add an element of elegance that would overwhelm a more elaborate cake.  We think you’ll find this July cake chic, classy, and perfect for your wedding!

August – Purple EVERYTHING!

August is the month of purple!  Many of our brides choose purple as their wedding theme, because it’s a great “transitional” color.  The darker pigments resemble upcoming fall colors, but the playfulness in different shades allow them to tailor it to their them.  Purple is one of those colors that gets chosen as a main wedding color, so adding hints of it to your wedding cake will tie it all together without overwhelming the look!

Check out our Lighting Your Night Post for step by step instructions on incorporation PURPLE into your wedding!

September – Jaw Dropping Like Fall Leaves

This wedding cake speaks for itself.  It’s just stunning – jaw dropping, if you will.  The gorgeous orange and blue color scheme is perfect for a September wedding (especially if you live in Denver and root for the Broncos!).  The cake is elegant, yet fun, because of its composition.  The hanging aspect of the cake ads a level of interest that most guests don’t get to see.  The design is unique and glamourous, just like our September brides!

October – Colder Nights

October is the perfect month to commit to a fall theme!  Halloween is just around the corner and everyone is starting to get excited for the holidays.  We love this cake that draws inspiration for Denver’s changing seasons.  The empty vines are elegant and eye-catching and guests always love seeing a cake that reminds them the seasons are changing and nights are getting colder.  There’s a coziness this cake brings out; we can’t explain it!

November – All Bundled Up

We love this formal, elegant tiered cake for November weddings.  The theme? Black Tie.  It’s starting to really get cold and guests will appreciate a reason to wear long dresses and tuxedos (with coats!).  The cake is classic and the clean lines help mirror the formality of your event!

December – 2 for the Price of One!

It’s the holiday’s, so we thought we’d go the extra mile and give you two options for your December cake!  We LOVE Champagne themed cakes for December.  Whether you are having a holiday/winter themed event, or a New Year’s Eve wedding… You can’t go wrong with a champagne colored cake!

 

5 Steps to Top Notch Event Lighting

Choosing colors is always a fun step in planning your wedding, but deciding how that will look in the final product can be intimidating.  Do you use colorful flowers?  Or maybe incorporate lighting?  Are your tables bold, while bridesmaid dresses are subtle?  We are here to help!  You can use them all.  Here are our expert tips for achieving perfect event lighting:

Lighting

Black Tie

Red

5 Steps to Achieve the Perfect Event Lighting

1)  Decide what color scheme you want for your event:

This is easier said than done!  Deciding what colors you want to use for your big day can be tough, but relaxing and having fun will make the process completely manageable!!  First, remember colors invoke mood, theme, and feelings, so keeping that in mind as you decide will be a great guide for your “gut”.  Choose 2-3 colors that you think reflect the mood you are going for (and make sure they complement each other), then choose an additional 1-2 colors that will help make the palate well-rounded.

 

2)  Decide if you want your color choice to be the main color or just an accent:

When choosing a color, or color palate, you must decide what the main color is going to be and what colors will play the “supporting role”.  You can choose BOLD as your main color with a soft accent or vice versa.  Do you want Dramatic or Calm?  Glamorous or Casual?  Striking or Elegant?  So many choices!  Below are a couple of examples to help you get your creative juices flowing:

A Romantic night in Paris with Royal Blue as your Lead and Gold as an accent

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tickle your guests Pink and go with something more feminine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Classic Black & Silver (Black & White or Black & Red) for a sleek and sophisticated look

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We have seen a wide array of color palates (even some unexpected choices) and they all seem to come together to dazzle the wedding guests in the end.  Don’t be afraid to try colors that are a little unconventional either!  Have fun with this – choosing your color is Stage One for planning your Special Day!

 

3)  Choose table settings:

Now that you’ve chosen which colors are going to work best for your them, you’ll be able to start the decoration process!  Before you choose your lighting color, you’ll want to design your tables first. This is another fun way to let your personality shine through for your guests to enjoy your celebration!  Huge flower arrangements, vintage photos, or simple candle stands, are all option you get to consider!  While you are the director of this show, out talented team is happy to make suggestions that will enhance your decision process.

Many of our clients choose table cloths and slip covers for the chairs – accented by glamourous table decor, while others prefer a tablecloth with a simple big bow around the back of the chair.  What’s your style?  Tuscan Night or Cadillac Cowboy?  Black Tie or Jeans and Cowboy Boots?  This is your special day, make it your own! Plate chargers are available in a variety of colors and styles, as well — Have fun with this process!!!

 

4)  Light Up Your Night!

Blue with silver or gold?  Black with champagne or white?  Eggplant with ivory?  Fuchsia with orange?  Red with black?  Perhaps all the colors of a Fall Bouquet?  There are endless possibilities!

Now that you have chosen your 4-5 colors and designed your table around them, it’s time to think about lighting.  Lighting can make or break a reception and venue space!  Do you want the color to immerse the room in emotion, or are you feeling confident in your table settings?  You can add a lighter color to keep the room feeling clean and fresh, or you can complement your color choices by doubling down on your theme!

 

5)  Test out the intensity against your design:

This is where you get to see the final product!  Bringing all your choices together for a Sneak Peak at your creative genius!!!  Don’t like the tall vases, bring them down a notch.  Think the orange is too much with the purple?  Change the accent color.  Want a softer look?  Add some warm lighting.  Our Design Consultants can help you achieve your goal.  So get started and choose your colors!  Then let your dream wedding take flight!

 

Happy Planning and remember, we are here to help!!! 

Why Guests and Couples LOVE February Weddings

      Photographed by: TrevG Studios

We get it… Planning a wedding is hard.  It’s full of complex decision and every details impacts the event.  Are guests going to be able to come? Is the event space going to work?  What’s the theme? so on, and so forth! We, also, know that the first and biggest challenge of planning a wedding is “Choosing the Date”!

If you’re reading this, you probably haven’t landed on a date and are exploring your options.  Well, you’re in luck.  We want to chat with you a little bit about the “forgotten months” and give you a few tips to consider if you’re looking to do something a bit out of the norm!

                        

Photographed by: Mark Alison Photography

While summer, spring, and fall are great months to say your nuptials.  Let’s focus on the season people often overlook… WINTER.  Winter is a unique and beautiful time to get married, especially in Colorado!  We’d like to focus our efforts on one particular winter month – FEBRUARY!

Here are a few of our bride’s top reasons for choosing a Winter Wedding with us:

1- February, as we know it!

February is a great month to get married!  It is the month of LOVE!  Valentine’s Day and red hot romance from start to finish.  Winter weddings are unique and a February Wedding offer your guests an early year surprise!  The holiday hustle and bustle has slowed and loved ones are itching for a little getaway – so why not give them what they are asking for?

2- Available Venue Space

One of the most common problems in planning a wedding is finding a suitable venue.  Often times, brides struggle to find their perfect space on the perfect date.  Additionally, it is often difficult to secure a Friday or Saturday wedding from April – December.   However, that’s just not the case in winter months!! February offers more flexibility in scheduling your wedding.  Having a wedding in February allows brides to choose the perfect day AND the perfect venue (and they get to eat their cake, too!)

3- Easier on the pocketbook!

February is less expensive!  Our Brides & Grooms (and especially their parents!) really appreciate the discount for an off season wedding!  For instance, our ~already unbelievable~ prices are $2,000 less during the winter months, money much enjoyed on a Honeymoon or your home as you start your new life together!!

4- GUESTS LOVE THEM!!

Colorado is a vacation wonderland and your guests can stay a few extra days to head to the mountains once the wedding festivities have concluded.  This beautiful state offers skiing, hiking, fishing, as well as horseback riding for the avid outdoors family.  Denver also offers culture and fine dining for indoor activities as well.  Guests love stumbling into cultural museums, shopping centers, and, most of all, the unique retail spaces Denver offers!

5- Weather and Location

Being the month with the least precipitation in Colorado, February is a great time to visit with ease of travel and mild winter weather.  Often finding absolutely beautiful cool and crisp days with blue skies and bright sunshine during the day.  Should the weather present any challenges, the Bella Sera is an all-inclusive indoor venue, located just a few minutes from the airport, so weather will not be a factor for your ceremony or reception!

Looking for some winter wedding inspiration – check out our Winter Wonderland Design blog post!

Those are a few of our favorite pieces of advice from past couples and their guests.  We would love to hear your inputs and thoughts – Happy Wedding Date Hunting!

 

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